R. Kelly and Aaliyah, etc. The R&B star has faced a steady stream of accusations and controversies since 2000, when the Chicago Sun-Times broke a story detailing Kellys relations with underage women. Since then, the Sun-Times has written about an alleged explicit sex tape of Kelly with a minor, and it has also been claimed that Kelly has had relations with a record label intern, and picked up a teenage girl at Chicagos famed Rock n Roll McDonalds. Additionally, it eventually came to light that Kelly was briefly married to teenage R&B singer Aaliyah. She was 15 when Kelly arranged a secret wedding, which was shortly annulled. Aaliyah then went on to have success of her own, and became a star in her own right before her death in 2001. But while Kelly has been hit with accusation after accusation, his fan base hasnt seemed too turned off. His 2007 album, Double Up, which even addresses some of the accusations against him, debuted at No. 1 on the U.S. pop charts. R. Kelly is to go to trial in May 2008 for charges stemming from the videotape.
STUART RAMSON, Associated Press
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